Rick Ross Says Snoop Dogg's "Doggystyle" Inspired "Mastermind" Skits

posted March 07, 2014 12:00:00 PM CST | 30 comments

Rick Ross Says Snoop Dogg's "Doggystyle" Inspired "Mastermind" Skits

Rick Ross speaks on the ability his music has to save lives, says he's always been a fan of Jeezy.

In February of this year it was revealed that Rick Ross recruited Bad Boy Records founder Diddy to executive produce his sixth studio album, Mastermind. While speaking on his newly-released LP in various interviews, Ross says he enlisted the help of Diddy to give the album a ‘90s feel.

Ross touched briefly on that particular decade during his recent interview with Elliott Wilson of CRWN, stating that the ‘90s featured “the best classics.” He then cited The Chronic and Doggystyle as two albums he listened to for inspiration for Mastermind.

“That was the era of the best classics,” Ross said. “You know, in the game. From what Dr. Dre was doing on the West Coast to what Diddy was doing on the East and everything in between. So, when I put this album together it’s like when I sat back and I listened to The Chronic and I listened to Doggystyle. I realized every one of Snoop’s records had something in between the record. Not one record just, you know, went from beat to beat…Whatever it was it just added that other side of entertainment and that other side of energy to the product and helped an artist paint that picture, so that’s what I wanted to do.”

Ross later touched on the inclusion of topics concerning street life on his studio albums. According to the Miami rapper, his decision to include aspects of street life in his music stems from the relevance of it.

“Because it’s so relevant. I mean, it’s so relevant today,” he said. “You know what I mean? Where I come from it’s just so relevant. A lot of times I say different things in my music and hopefully it might save a young mothafucka life. On some real shit. From inspiration to just understanding the casualties of this. It’s a lot of highs and lows in this game. You know, which is very familiar in that street life, so that’s what I bring to my music. The highs and the lows.”

Of the 16 tracks featured on Mastermind is “War Ready,” a record which features Jeezy, an artist Ross feuded with in the past. The Maybach Music Group founder previously revealed that both he and Jeezy were able to discuss their issues recently and as a result have recorded a couple of songs together.

Ross commended the Atlanta rapper during his CRWN interview and even revealed that he’s always been a fan of Jeezy.

“I always been a fan of Jeezy. You know, coming from the South and building an empire,” Ross said. “Being self-made is what I like to call it. That’s when you come from where we come from and you make it happen. And he was somebody that made it happen. So, I commend all artists and all dudes that create their ventures and their format.”

In addition to “War Ready,” both Ross and Jeezy reportedly have another record together, one that will be featured on a project from Jeezy. Ross referred to the record as “crazy” during an interview with DJ Envy earlier this month.

CRWN x Rick Ross, Ep. 1: Trayvon Martin, Jay Z and Building MMG from CRWN on Myspace.

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